When I first welcomed my daughter, that little bundle of love, into the world, the last thing on my mind was discipline.
The love came easy.
From the moment I knew she existed, felt that first kick, saw her sweet face, I was a goner.
I knew beyond a doubt that I would be willing to die for this child and that I would move heaven and earth to give her a good life.
Little did I know that all too soon, discipline would have to enter the equation in order to give her that good life I so wanted her to have.
Strong willed and temperamental as she was from the start, it should have come as no surprise when my 10-month-old showed signs of defiance!
All children are different, with varying strengths of will. But in my particular child, you could see it in her eyes.
She wanted to do what SHE wanted to do, when SHE wanted to do it. At less than one year old. So what is a mother to do?
More on raising strong-willed children here from Dr. James Dobson of Focus On The Family.